Williamstown softball blanked by South

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Williamstown third baseman Kayla Scott, right, prepares to throw to first base during a high school softball game against Parkersburg South Thursday. Pitcher Sarah Hendrickson looks on.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Jordan Stanley retired the first 10 batters she faced and finished with a four-hit shutout here Thursday evening as visiting Parkersburg South handed Williamstown a 3-0 setback.

The Patriots, who improved to 10-11 and play host at 4:30 p.m. today for a twinbill at Godbey Field versus John Marshall, swept the season series from the Class A Yellowjackets, who lost 8-0 in the earlier meeting back in late March.

WHS starter Sarah Hendrickson kept the Patriots off the board until the top of the fourth inning. PSHS had consecutive hits to open the second from Sarah Huffman and Kelly Amos, but Hendrickson proceeded to induce a trio of pop ups. Stanley recorded all four of her punchouts in the first three frames, which included striking out the side in the last of the third.

Parkersburg South No. 3 hitter Alexis Feick worked a walk to start the fourth. After Huffman ripped a single to left past ‘Jacket third baseman Kayla Scott, Paige Winans delivered a single to center to load the bases for first baseman Allie Taylor. The No. 7 hitter came through with a two-run knock to left to give Stanley all the run support she ended up needing.

Nellie King, who got the final five outs of the game in relief of Hendrickson, came through with a one-out bloop single to break up Stanley’s no-hit bid in the fourth.

Despite Scott drawing a walk, Stanley got out of the jam by retiring center fielder Kristin Harmon and catcher Alexis Schreckengost.

Although the Patriots were unable to do anything in the fifth following Jenna McClain’s one-out single, the visitors tacked on an insurance tally in the sixth. Winans reached on a one-out single to left, which King tried to dive for but wasn’t able to make the play. After Taylor singled to left, King went to the circle, but allowed an RBI single back up the box to Patriot No. 8 hitter Rhylea Graham.

King then retired the next five Patriots, but the ‘Jackets couldn’t dent the scoreboard.

Stanley retired seven of the final eight batters she faced, allowing just a two-out single in the seventh to Laureen Young.

Williamstown, which dropped to 10-10 and welcomes Wirt County to town for a 5:30 p.m. start today, had its best chance to score in the fifth. Faith Hoosier singled to center, but was erased on a caught stealing before Darcy Johnson followed with a base hit.